England (1559-60) shilling
This specimen was lot 33000 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $780. The catalog description noted, "Elizabeth I (1558-1603) Shilling ND (1559-60) VG10 PCGS. A historical specimen with dark toning around the legends, neatly framing the central design motifs. From the Jamestown Collection." This is the first shilling struck for the new queen, one of whose first action was to restore the fineness of the silver coinage, which had been debased under Henry VIII and Edward VI to nearly 50% silver. Later issues were raised to sterling, i.e., .925 fine.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: .917 fine silver, 96 grains; this specimen 5.68 grams.
Catalog reference: S-2548.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.
- Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
- Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.